It feels like a change has been brewing in the Italian fashion capital and we are loving it. As the latest fashion week approaches, we look back on our favourite collections from the Autumn/Winter collections, accompanied by incredible illustrations from Johanna Dziadkiewicz.
For her Autumn/Winter collection, the designer experimented with colours and shapes inspired by the circus. High waisted trousers, military style coats, knee high boots and flowing dresses all featured heavily. As the show progressed, the colour palette changed from browns, blacks, and creams to vibrant reds, blues, stripes, and high shine fabrics working their way in.
What we want: a party dress.
The Gucci A/W show may have gotten off to a troubled start (delayed flights and lengthy lunches were to blame), but this did nothing to diminish the splendour of yet another stand out collection from Alessandro Michele. All the things we have come to know, love, and expect from the creative director — pussy bows, straight dresses, whimsy, colour, tonnes of jewellery and many layers — were in attendance, however, this season the Gucci girl had a tougher, more polished edge. The accessories, as per usual, were to die for.
What we want: a red ruffle cape and a tweedy man pants.
This season, Consuelo Castiglione continued to do what she does best: creating eclectic, intelligent pieces that mix and match together to create a highly desirable whole. The stirrup legging was back in a big way, cut high on the waist and made up in navy, cream, deep green and caramel. Bold balloon sleeves and voluminous cuffs were a hit, as was the use of graphic print. As for the accessories, earrings were big, handbags lady-like, and shoes elegant.
What we want: a military green coat.
This season, Mrs Prada really brought the goods. Perhaps it was because a certain other Italian powerhouse has been stealing the limelight of late, or perhaps the stars just aligned, but this season, Prada was on another level. The way the collection was put together was a particular stand out. Romantic dresses, vintage looking coats cinched at the waist, full brocade skirts, print shirts, sailor hats, velvet sheaths, and argyle tights, each and every piece a must have.
What we want: anything and everything.
Founded in 2008 by designer Vivi Ponti, this Italian label mixes expert tailoring with a touch of vintage whimsy. This season, the Vivetta girl was equal parts geek chic, folk goddess, and dandy. Furry Russian hats sat atop the heads of models wearing full skirts paired with buttoned up blouses, pink patterned suits were worn with boots, beautiful dresses were matched with knee high boots. The collection was feminine, tactile, and full of fun.
What we want: a dressing gown coat.